Cooking has always been one of my favorite pastimes. However, for many years, my cooking skills were limited only to those dishes that I was used to eating on a regular basis. A few years ago I decided to expand my horizons and challenged myself to learn a new dish from around the world each week. I am proud to say that I completed that challenge and learned a lot along the way. Today, I have decided to start this blog as a way to not only honor my accomplishment, but to share with the rest of the world everything that I learned about international cuisine.
Unless you are born wealthy, chances are that you will encounter at least one period in your life where you have to tighten both your purse strings and your belt to get by. When those times occur and you have a family to care for, you may worry that there is no way you can hope to feed your family until you get back on your feet again. Thankfully, there are numerous food service programs that can help.
Free or Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Program
Schools all across the U.S. offer needy families free or reduced breakfast and lunch. Some schools may only offer lunch, so you will need to check with your school district to see which free meals are offered. It is a government sponsored and supported program, so you do have to apply for it through your school district's head office. They will request proof of income along with your application. If you are receiving any form of disability, child support or unemployment payments, you can provide evidence of these payments. Otherwise, a total lack of income usually means you do not have to prove the absence of income.
Charity Programs That Provide Free Lunch
There are at least three national charities that frequently provide a free lunch and/or free dinner on a daily basis to adults and homeless families. Even if you still have your home, you may partake of the free meals. Some churches also provide a weekly meal to the public, which may or may not coincide with a weekly church service.
Many communities have established public pantries in recent years. To receive free foods, toiletries and sundries through the community pantries, you have to go prior to operating hours on a specific day and meet with an intake worker. The intake worker will ask you about the members in your family and a few questions about why you need the pantry's help. Then you can "shop" the available groceries and take what you want from the items offered. Some pantries limit the number of visits you can make to your pantry each week, so you may need to go to more than one pantry to supplement your cupboards at home.
Food Share or "Food Stamps"
This is another government program that provides a pre-loaded debit card with monetary credit to purchase groceries from a grocery store. You will have to meet with a human services worker and complete an application. If you meet the requirements the monetary credit given to you and your family is automatically loaded onto a special debit card on the same date every month.Share